Angelika Kauffmann and Hans Jakob Oeri start things off with a celebration of tales from Antiquity in the neoclassical manner, while Sebastiano Ricci savours the relics of antique grandeur in painterly style.
Then Böcklin’s ‘Spring Awakening’ edifies us with its hypnotically dense evocation of mythical figures from ancient times. Opposite him are four important paintings by the leading Italian artist of modernism, Giorgio de Chirico. Three are from a private collection and are only on show at the Kunsthaus for a short period.
Just a stone’s throw away we encounter female figures in three dimensions: not flat canvases this time, but sculptures made of marble, wood and bronze, by Vincenzo Vela, Auguste Rodin, Marino Marini, Rebecca Warren and Alberto Giacometti that are striking, captivating and exciting. As the muse sleeps, perception awakes.
Curator: Philippe Büttner
Angelica Kauffmann, Amor und Psyche, 1792, Kunsthaus Zürich, donated by the Jacobs Suchard AG, Zurich, 1987